Merck Senior Specialist, Technical Lead in West Point, Pennsylvania

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Lead technical implementation tasks aligned to deliver and support of global research IT solutions. Responsibilities include contributing to design including API design and coordinating across business and technology facing stakeholders to deliver solutions aligned to business objectives and lead trouble-shooting of technology problems and challenges.


  • Explore, pilot, evaluate and compare industry and emerging scientist experiment execution workflow, data aggregation, systems integration

  • Contribute to strategic plans and road maps in support of the drug discovery and pre-clinical development IT portfolio planning.


  • Deliver capabilities and solutions by leveraging platforms, software and technologies in support of Project Releases that enable discovery, pre-clinical (DPED) processes and solutions. .

  • Learn and understand the existing applications, data models, data flows, integrations, and architecture that make up the DPED/laboratory IT platforms and initiate opportunities to streamline the current system footprint.

  • Be responsible for leading technical change management, design and development, testing strategy, defect management, integrations and APIs, implementation, deployment strategy, hypercare/operational/retirement support and environment management for new and existing solutions.

  • Collaborate and align on products/technology options with solution architects and focus on innovation and high quality solutions.

  • Build effective relationships as part of a large cross-functional team. Collaborate and partner with IT, delivery/engineering leads, business leads, client service leads, infrastructure, support teams, IT hubs and product/service vendors to implement new & updated solutions.

  • Be a primary contributor and ensure the quality of system deliverables including design/configuration specifications, system and user acceptance testing, software installation and the completion of required System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), and Change Management documentation.

Education Minimum Requirement: :

  • Bachelors or Associates Degree

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years of IT business/technical analysis and/or development experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Excellent technical knowledge, analytical skills and outside the box thinking for problem solving is essential.

  • Effective and proven ability to implement technical solutions with business, IT partners and vendors.

  • Experience with authoring and reviewing Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) deliverables

  • Design/configuration specifications, system/user acceptance test scripts and installation verification.

  • Excellent execution, organizational and follow-up skills are critical for this role.

  • Strong decision-maker, proactive, and results-oriented.

  • Capable of focusing on multiple initiatives in parallel and working in a dynamic environment.

  • Ability to work independently while contributing to overall team success.

  • Effective and proven presentation, verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge of scientist workflows and research data aggregation, laboratory IT applications and solutions

  • Hands on experience with API design and engineering and cloud based technologies

  • MS / PhD in Scientific domain knowledge biology, chemistry or cheminformatics, bioinformatics,

  • Understanding of scientist lab workflow, data analysis, visualization solutions and corresponding vendor

  • Science Degree or relevant work exp a plus

  • Work exp with Science/Pharma/Bio and or Academia a plus

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Other Locations: NA-US-MA-Boston, NA-US-NJ-Rahway, NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Title: Senior Specialist, Technical Lead

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Requisition ID: BUS003286